chicagobears (477) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2006 Black opaque, thin tan line. Strong woody and pine needle aroma. Flavor of roasted almonds, bitter coffee, sweet raisin chocolate. A wood smokiness lingers. Hardly any alcohol presence. Full and robust as expected. Best stout I have tried. thewolf (12861) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 5, 2006
Wonderful almost black colour (but with reddish/mahogany colours interfering beautifully). Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malts and barley in general. Taste is complex, quite alcoholic. But is starts with a powerful assault of roasted malts, but wnds up as a ful.-bodied example of a stout. With taste of barley, bitterness and in particular smokiness and taste of roasted malts it is excellent. feedmec00kies (49) - New York, New York, USA - APR 4, 2006
Aroma was more citrusy than I was expecting, accompanied by coffee and cocoa beans. Nice and smooth (alcohol not too apparent) with an interesting mix of flavors, between the coffee, bitter chocolate, licorice, and bitter citrus flavors. Very interesting and multi-dimensional, and not what I was expecting. Would like to try again once I develop my palate more and get better at distinguishing more flavors in beer. jake65 (4004) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - APR 3, 2006
Indeed a rich, flavorful brew with a deep intesity throughout. Tastes of maltiness and chocolate, a bit of fruit, coffee undertones, and hopiness. Delightfully well balanced and smooth. Cheers!!! mcnally (114) - Burbank, California, USA - APR 2, 2006
UPDATED: APR 29, 2006 I like this beer well enough. I’ve only had a few imperial stouts, but I prefer Samuel Smith’s version. I don’t taste as much complexity in the flavor of this one. Bitterness hit me right away but that could be because I had already thrown back a few beers before this one. Head starts out big, but shrinks to a nice flim on top. Had a taste of this after a Celebrator Doppelbock, so I will have to try this one again with a fresh palate. Anyway, this beer goes great with a nice chocolate dessert.
vulcanmeister (302) - La Grande, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2006
In bottle. A very dark brown with a tan head that is very frothy. It tastes of coffe, chocolate, and a slight bitterness. There is a sweetness to this but it is offset by a dark roast flavour that creates a fine balance. Late warmth of alcohol and caramel. Easily one of the best stouts I have enjoyed! Delirium (670) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2006
UPDATED: APR 2, 2008 Re-rate from bottle. So either I got a weird batch in the draught rating below, or it’s quite a bit different. From bottle, pours black with a small, lasting brown head. Aroma is roast malt, mainly coffee with some chocolate notes. Flavor is strongly roast malt with an espresso bitterness, a hint of sweeter malt below that, and some bittering hops. Pretty good. Still a 3.7, for different reasons. buu (10) - USA - MAR 31, 2006
Draught. Pours dark black. Aroma is somewhat unusual for an imperial stout. There are the usual chocolate and semi-sweet malt aromas, but also an oddly strong floral and fruity scent. The flavor is more bitter and coffee/chocolate, although quite rich and sweet. The sweetness is balanced by quite a bit of roastiness, but is still somewhat unusual. An interesting experiment, and while I’d drink this again, I think I prefer a more traditional take on the imperial stout.
UPDATED: APR 20, 2006 Easily my favorite stout to date. Excellent flavor of coffee beans, and hazelnuts, with mild, chocolate notes. A moderately bitter finish adds to the variety and character. kseecs16 (1216) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2006
Bottle. Poured an exceptionally dark brown, opaque with a tan head that laced considerably. My first wife detected alcohol very slightly, but it woudl dissipitate parting the way for rich aroma of coffee, and surprisingly sweet floral scents. First impression in the mouth was that this was sweet, which was annihilated by a hoppy bitterness that would in turn give way to a niche smokey finish that left the mouth dry and thirsty for more. An odd foamy palate that went down smooth with a bit of a carbonated tingle. pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 29, 2006
Pours pretty darn black with a decent tan head that withers to the standard imperial stout thin with a little swirling. The aroma is serious malt, acidic fruity alcohol, and some vanilla and chocolate (especially before it warmed up and the fruity alcohol took over). The palate is creamy and smooth, not as chewy as many imperial stouts, but quite fine. There’s a nice late alcohol warming/burn too. This is a rather rich and sweet imperial stout, but the roasted malt more than balances this. There’s some creamy caramel and perhaps a bit of orange in here? The lingering bitterness is mostly charcoal, but there’s some hops complementing it nicely as well. This is about the most drinkable imperial stout I’ve yet to try, i.e., I could drink more than one of these at a sitting and not feel overwhelmed.